AF&PA Releases October 2019 Reports

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Containerboard

Total containerboard production in October remained essentially flat (+0.0%) compared to October 2018. It was down four percent when compared to the same 10 months of 2018.

October 2019 production of containerboard for export increased four percent compared to the same month last year; it was down 16 percent year-to-date.

  • The containerboard operating rate was 94.7 percent, essentially flat (-0.5 pts.) from October 2018 and down 5.5 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of October decreased 26,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 30,000 short tons compared to October 2018.

Boxboard

Total Boxboard production in October increased three percent compared to October 2018. It was essentially flat (-0.5%) when compared to the same 10 months of 2018.  The boxboard operating rate was 91.7 percent, down 1.7 points from October 2018 and down 1.4 points year-to-date. 

  • Solid Bleached Boxboard production in October increased seven percent compared to October 2018. It was essentially flat (-0.4%) when compared to the same 10 months of 2018.
  • Recycled Boxboard production in October decreased one percent compared to October 2018. It was down one percent when compared to the same 10 months of 2018.
  • Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum production in October increased three percent compared to October 2018. It was essentially flat (-0.1%) when compared to the same 10 months of 2018.

Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in October decreased five percent compared to October 2018. They were down six percent when compared to the same ten months of 2018. 

  • The operating rate was 89.9 percent, down 3.4 points from October 2018 and down 5.4 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of October decreased 6,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 2,000 short tons compared to October 2018.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 10 percent in October compared to October 2018. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 13 percent in October compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased four percent when compared to September 2019.

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in October decreased 11 percent compared to last October while the inventory level decreased three percent compared to September 2019. UFS imports and exports both increased compared to September 2018, up seven percent and 12 percent, respectively.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 11 percent compared to October 2018 while the inventory level decreased two percent compared to September 2019. CFS imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2018, down ten percent and six percent, respectively.
  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in October decreased seven percent compared to last October while the inventory level decreased 17 percent compared to September 2019. CM imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2018, down 22 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 22 percent compared to October 2018 while the inventory level decreased seven percent compared to September 2019. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2018, down 13 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.


Source: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

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